One of the most basic and timeless techniques in art, hatching—closely drawn parallel lines that suggest relief or shadow—can create the illusion of three dimensional solidity on a two dimensional surface.

Hatched lines can be used with skill to produce astonishing results. By varying the thickness, strength, taper, curvature, spacing, and length of the parallel lines, artists can convey form, shadow, distance, texture, and movement. Specific approaches include parallel-, cross-, and contour-hatching, as well as stippling (the use of dots).

All the works in this exhibition are from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.